CLEMSON — You knew this would be a learning experience.
Clemson and Brad Brownell just hoped it wouldn’t be so painful.
As the Tigers finish up first-semester final exams, their youthful group has taken its lumps. Entering Saturday's 4:30 p.m. home game against Winthrop (4-6), Clemson is 4-4, including losses to in-state foes College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina.
Those defeats have come by a grand total of 23 points – with last week’s 63-47 loss at Arizona the only loss greater than three points.
“We’re really close, but at the same time, we’ve learned too many lessons this year,” senior guard/forward Tanner Smith said. “At some point we need to take the lessons we learned and put them into action.”
• Clemson and Winthrop square off for the 10th time in the series. The Tigers hold an 8-1 advantage all-time and won the most recent meeting between the two schools, 102-66 in the 2009-10 season.
• Winthrop will be Clemson's sixth in-state opponent in the Tigers' first nine games this season.
• The Tigers are 4-4 on the season and have had a week off due to final exams. Clemson last played on Dec. 10, suffering a 63-47 loss at Arizona.
• The Eagles are 3-6 on the season and play Thursday night at Jacksonville. Winthrop is in the midst of four consecutive road games. The Eagles also play at Western Michigan on Dec. 20 and at Georgia on Dec. 27.
• Clemson will play five games over the course of nine days, starting Saturday. By comparison, entering the game against Winthrop, Clemson played five games in 25 days.
• Clemson is 19th in the latest NCAA statistical rankings in scoring defense, yielding just 56.4 points per game.
• Andre Young has 192 three-point goals and needs eight to become the sixth player in school history with 200 in a career.
• Young is just 73 points shy of scoring 1,000 career points.
• Young is sixth among all Division I players with a 3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.